Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever.” 1 Chronicles 15:2
The first time David tried to bring the ark of the covenant back to Jerusalem, one man-made a mistake in touching it and was killed by God. David kept the ark out of Jerusalem for several years. Now he was getting ready to bring it back. He made sure that everyone knew that only a Levitical priest could carry the ark because that was God’s ruling.
The ark of the covenant represented God’s presence. It was where God would come down and meet with the high priest once a year. It was placed in the holy of holies in the tabernacle and later in the temple.
God had very strict rules on how to handle and carry the ark. No person was to touch the ark, regardless of any situation. It was considered holy and perfect unto God. Very few people were ever allowed to go into the holy of holies and see the ark of the covenant. It was a limited opportunity.
Since the temple was destroyed, no one has ever found or seen the ark of the covenant. This is because God has done away with that covenant and has no more need for the ark.
Many people in the world try to say that there are many ways to God, and that God dwells in every person. Although God is everywhere, He does not dwell, or make His home everywhere. He will not live in a person who does not follow Jesus.
When Jesus rose from the dead, He did away with the old covenant and no longer has a need for the ark of the covenant.
God does want to dwell in every person, but His dwelling is limited only to those who have accepted what Jesus has done and follows Him. Everyone has that opportunity, but only those who accept it will receive it.
You have the opportunity for God to dwell in you. You have the opportunity for His covenant to be signed with you.
Have you chosen to believe in and follow Jesus today?
Or are you still believing that there are many ways to God?
Or that you do not need God’s presence?
I pray today that you will know and believe in the work of Jesus; that you will serve God alone; that you will take His limited opportunity to heart; and that you will be a dwelling place for God.